Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 23 21:54:35 UTC 2008

In truespel a double consonant precedes a stressed vowel.  If there is no double consonant, the stress for a word is on the first syllable.  Showing stress makes truespel a true pronuciation guide notation.  For those consonants that are two letters, such as ~sh ~th ~ch ~zh and ~thh (unvoiced th), the first letter is doubled to show stress.  Where there are two vowels together an apostrophe (also for glottal stop) is used and a double apostrophe shows stress, i.e., chaos = ~kae'aas, create = ~kree"aet.  These rules plus the 40 sound spellings are all you need to know to use truespel.

It is difficult for me to imagine phonetic spelling not being accent specific.  When sounds change due to accents, the phonemes change and need be recognized as such.  The good news is that accents can be shown with truespel.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
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> Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 09:46:15 -0700
> From: blukoff at ALVORD.COM
> Subject: Re: Rosa/rowz@
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> Sender: American Dialect Society
> Poster: Benjamin Lukoff
> Subject: Re: Rosa/rowz@
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> On Wed, 23 Apr 2008, Tom Zurinskas wrote:
>> The truespel dictionary is based on words as spoken in the American
>> Heritage Talking Dictionary and In order to get away from
>> special symbols, I had to spell our all schwas. This makes truespel a
>> bit more accurate than other dictionary pronunciation guides for USA
>> accent, as schwas stand for at least 4 sounds (See the spelling out of
>> "international phonetic" in IPA notation at the IPA site. In truespel
>> it's ~internnashinool, which is much more accurate, or shall we say
>> dialect specific.)
> I should really take my own advice and just ignore your posts after the
> way you responded to my last one trying to give you good advice regarding
> taking some local classes.... but that aside, I must ask: why two 'n's in
> your respelling of 'international'? And don't you see that
> dialect-specific spelling is counterproductive?
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